I see nothing wrong with it. I just can't wait to see what happens when these little spoiled brats get to the real world.
Really? When I was a kid, my parents flew me to New York once each week for my own private sleep over at FAO Schwarz's. It was lots of fun, and I think I'm a better person because of it.
Just raising the next generation of pricks, thats all.
Now that just plain damm nuts
but...but...but...I thought the economy is in horrible shape because of Bush and we are all a paycheck away from homelessness.
I assume that the poor kids have to settle for sleepovers at Toys R' Us.
As kids my brothers, sisters and I felt like we were treated like royalty for the day - no chores on our birthday, AND we got to say what we'd have for dinner! We loved it.
Are these the children of the porn-rich?
to do less would be abusing the "children"
It ain't the kids that are messed up -- it's the parents that are messed up.
Kids can have fun with a home-made cake around a formica kitchen table and a few games like pin the tail on the donkey and bobbling for apples. They. Don't. Care. Not about things like stretch limos and F.A.O. Schwartz.
It's the parents that are behaving badly -- using their kids as the trigger a weird modern form of potlatch. The parents need to be spanked and sent to bed without supper.
Thankfully, 75% of my kids have their birthday in June, so it's the the traditional pool party, cake and ice cream. I'm sure kids have just as much fun at my kids parties, maybe even more, than these rich kids parties.
Dads who hang out gett all the beer they care to drink, btw, and moms get my world famous high speed mudlsides.
Maybe it is one of those "more for the parent then the kid" things like designer baby clothes.
A friend of mine is the son of a hollywood star from the 50s and early 60s, and his birthday party used to be a private party at Disneyland, with Walt Disney there. (His mom starred in some Disney films). So, this is nothing new, just a sign that more people have lots of money.
... and the same goes for their children.
I have a friend who throws big birthday parties for her little girl, starting when she was like 2 years old! They aren't extravagant...But what gets me is the mom invites all of her adult friends, not the little girls' friends. There were 30 people at the last one. What's wrong with that? It makes the kid think that she is the center of the universe! She will keep expecting bigger and better parties as she gets older. Funny, her mom has always seemed to place importance on her own birthday, expecting parties and attention herself. Interesting...
They had a bit about this on the radio the other day. One lady called in to say she plans her kid's party four months in advance! And she was calling to say it's okay because she is teaching the kid "event planning" and "budgeting" skills. Yea, right. That kid is going to expect people to pull down the moon for him. Wouldn't want to be his future employer.
Me? When I was like 3 or 4, my parents had a little party for me with neighbor kids. When they sang "Happy Birthday" to me, I cried! I didn't want all that attention. That was the end of the birthday parties for me, as far as I can remember.
It seems to me that these parents are giving these kids childhood experiences that can never be equaled nor matched again in their lives. So, do those kids turn into snobs or brats who are never satisfied by "normal" experiences? Expectations, hopes and dreams are better than childhood memories of excess.
We used to spend a certain amount of time on the Upper East Side, and whenever we walked down Fifth Avenue we'd go into FAO Schwartz with the kids.
We couldn't really afford to buy anything, but it's kind of a fairy wonderland, or at least it was. I haven't been there in recent years. They had slides the kids could go down, large toy animals they could ride, and all sorts of marvellous things to look at.
Then we'd stop and look at the jewelry in the Tiffany's window. I hate to shop, and I'd never buy any of that kind of stuff, but some of it was pretty beautiful to just stop and admire for a minute.
Games, cake, ice cream, goodies in paper cupcake liners, open presents and home.